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Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Barclye

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 62933

Site Number NX36NE 8

NGR NX 3890 6873

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Minnigaff
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX36NE 8 3890 6873.

NX 389 687. Cairn Barclye Cottage: There is a round cairn on the crest of the slight ridge that descends from Drumwhirn Wood to the road 350 yds SSE of Barclye Cottage. It measures 60' in diameter and is reduced to 2'6" in elevation. A ragged trench which runs from the SSE arc toward the centre of the cairn for a distance of 20' may represent a passage and chamber wrecked by stone robbers.

RCAHMS TS., visited 1952

NX 3890 6873 This cairn measures 18.5m in diameter and up to 1.5m high. 7.0m from the S edge and at the end of the slight trench referred to by the RCAHMS are two small earthfast stones 0.7m apart which may be the remains of a cist or even the sides of a passage of a Bargrennan type chambered cairn. However, there is no trace of a chamber and only excavation would determine the type of this cairn.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (JP) 18 August 1976


Field Visit (2 October 1952)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Marginal Land Survey (1950-1962), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, are available to view online - see the searchable PDF in 'Digital Items'. These vary from short notes, to lengthy and full descriptions. Contemporary plane-table surveys and inked drawings, where available, can be viewed online in most cases - see 'Digital Images'. The original typecripts, notebooks and drawings can also be viewed in the RCAHMS search room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 19 July 2013.

Reference (1957)

This site is noted in the ‘List of monuments discovered during the survey of marginal land (1951-5)’ (RCAHMS 1957, xiv-xviii). The 286 monuments were listed by county, parish, classification and name, and the list included an indication of whether they had been planned (P), whether they were visible only as a cropmark (C), and whether they were worthy of preservation (*).

Drawings are catalogued to individual site records. Investigator's notebooks are availiable in the MS collection. Site descriptions are availiable in contemporary RCAHMS inventories, or in three typescript volumes availiable in the library.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 24 October 2012


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